Ed Sheeran’s new compilation album was inspired by a silly desire to recreate “Lady Marmalade”.
The “Shape of You” singer explained the motivation behind his new album No. 6 Collaborations Project in a one-on-one with Charlamagne Tha God. The interview was posted to Sheeran’s official YouTube channel.
“For me, this is a compilation album of artists that I am a fan of… that I have made music with,” Sheeran explained. “I don’t see genres, I only see heart. If it really makes me feel something then I like it,” the four-time Grammy-winner continued. “It could just be fun music that makes you happy or sad music that makes you cry. It’s any music that makes you feel something.”
The collaborative album came out of one crazy idea: “This project actually started with one idea that I had. You remember ‘Lady Marmalade’ right? This is such a silly idea. I had an idea of doing that [with] Bruno, Bieber and I on the record. How fun would that be? The first person around was Bruno.”
Following fan backlash, Sheeran clarified he had no real intention of doing a “Lady Marmalade” cover. “Guys, obviously an all-male ‘Lady Marmalade’ would be completely dreadful,” he recently shared on his Instagram Story. “I didn’t say I wanted to cover it you melons, just that loads of people on a track like that might be fun.” He added: “Lighten up, it’s nearly summer #bbq4life.”